A thief and his accomplices learned a fatal lesson when they tried to steal a catalytic converter from a car while the owner was asleep inside it.
The woman woke up while they were under the vehicle and drove over one of the crooks and killed him.
She said she was asleep in her truck when she was awoken by the sound of the theft in progress.
After realizing she was being robbed, the woman put the car in reverse and tried to get away but ran over the thief who was trying to remove her catalytic converter with a saw.
She then immediately called 911.
The thief was pronounced dead at the hospital and the cops arrested his three accomplices.
Man run over, killed while allegedly trying to steal catalytic converter https://t.co/FtU9w3LvdQ
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The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department said in a statement: “On Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at 5:56 p.m., Palmdale Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a retail parking lot located on the 39000 block of 10th Street West, Palmdale regarding a Grand Theft in progress/person down call for service.
“Upon arriving at the scene, deputies saw a 4×4 Ford Excursion partially backed out of one of the parking stalls, and another smaller vehicle in the parking stall next to it.
“Deputies saw a Male Hispanic lying on the ground, later identified as a Grand Theft suspect, who was run over by the victim.
“The victim was asleep inside of the 4×4 Ford Excursion when the smaller vehicle pulled up next to it with 4 suspects inside (2 Male Hispanics, and 2 Female Hispanics).
“One of the male suspect’s exited the smaller vehicle and began sawing off the catalytic converter of the 4×4 Ford Excursion.
“The victim woke up from the sound, turned the car on, put the vehicle in reverse, and felt a bump like she ran something over.
“She stopped immediately, leaving the suspect on the ground after running him over. The Grand Theft victim called 9-1-1 for medical assistance for the suspect.
“Deputies arrived on scene and detained the 3 remaining suspects,” the department said.
“The first suspect was transported via ambulance to Antelope Valley Hospital, and pronounced deceased.”
A man was killed when he was run over by the driver of a car from which he was allegedly trying steal a catalytic converter in Southern California. https://t.co/trYwQiffId
— FOX 5 San Diego (@fox5sandiego) February 15, 2023
Investigators said the driver of the Ford had been asleep in her vehicle when she awoke to the sound of a man sawing off her vehicle’s catalytic converter. She immediately put her car in reverse, the LASD said.https://t.co/EwNSUy98RL
— KGET 17 News (@KGETnews) February 15, 2023